Around the World Cruise Highlights

The ultimate vacation experience is an Around the World Cruise. Explore famous cities on multiple continents, learn about new cultures, take exciting shore excursions, and sample exotic foods. Cunard was the first line to circumnavigate the globe in 1922, and travelers have been experiencing the excitement of a world cruise ever since. In 2010, ships from six cruise lines are sailing the world. Ships offering Around the World Cruises are the Regent Seven Seas, Queen Mary 2, the Seabourn Odyssey, Holland America's Amsterdam, and P&O's Arcadia. Fourteen ships will be sailing around the world in 2011.

World Cruise Itineraries

World cruises usually depart in January. However there are others that depart later in the year. Passengers may book the entire cruise or segments that are from 10 to 90 nights. Crystal Serenity's segments are from 12 to 21 days. Forty one ports in Africa, Australia, Dubai, India, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia are visited. Special amenities include a World Cruise Gala and accommodations in a luxury hotel the night before sailing, and special events and discounts on board. Cunard has been the epitome of luxury since its grand ships began cruising the world, and the tradition continues with the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria, proving that the crossing is often more impressive than the destination. Holland America is known for its elegance and sophistication. accommodations, private verandahs, and outstanding service while cruising to remote locations. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore South America, Asia, India, and the Mediterranean. Princess Line's Pacific Princess known as "The Love Boat" sails for a 107 day cruise in 2011. Seabourn World Cruises are from 31 to 111 days. The 111 day cruise departs from Los Angeles and ends at Southhampton, UK.

Onboard Dining and Recreation

Dining is a special experience, and a World Cruise is no exception. Traditionally, the cruise lines has assigned seating at different times, allowing passengers to meet one another. However several lines offer alternative dining options with more flexible schedules to accommodate passengers. Holland America, Seabourn, and Crystal offer the traditional dining schedule and alternative options. The spa is a major attraction for many passengers, but book early. Spend the day lounging by the pool or jogging, playing basketball or volleyball.

Nightlife Onboard

Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in one of the ships's lounges. Bars, clubs, and lounges for every passenger's taste are onboard. You'll enjoy production shows, karaoke, pianists, and great spots to dance the night away. Bands, singers, and musicians perform nightly on various places on deck or in one of the many clubs or lounges.

Small Ship Around the World Cruises

A small ship cruise is for the traveler who prefers a more intimate, casual cruise experience with fewer passengers and the opportunity to explore remote regions of the globe. Cruise West's Spirit of Oceanus is a beautiful ship accommodating only 120 guests. All staterooms on the Oceanus are outside suites. Delicious cuisine is paired with wines that accentuate the meal. Lounges and a library are invite guests to socialize or simply relax. Small ships sail to the same exotic destinations, but have the advantage of cruising smaller waterways larger ships can't navigate. Passengers on a small cruise ship experience shore excursions and tours with Expedition Leaders who are knowledgeable about the local history and culture.

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